Embassy reaching out to Malaysians in Wuhan

On high alert: Health officials observing passengers arriving at the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport in Perak. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian embassy and consulate-general personnel in China have been working round the clock to reach out to Malaysians in Wuhan City who need assistance.

A task force and three Wechat group chats have been set up for the purpose.

Wuhan, a city of 11 million located in central China’s Hubei province, has been in lockdown since Thursday to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

Since yesterday morning, a notice from the embassy with information of all the consulate-general offices has been circulating in dozens of group chats, of Malaysians in China.

A Wechat message containing the embassy’s hotline number has also been circulated widely by the Malaysian community there.

Carine Wong, a consultant who has been working in China for 11 years, started forwarding the message and alerting other Malaysians the moment she received it.

“Many Malaysians here may not be in group chats, so they may not have the channel to get help during an emergency.

“The information could be helpful and could help reassure Malaysians here who are worried, ” she added.

Wong said she made over 10 calls and forwarded the message about 50 times.

She said many of her friends in Wuhan had returned to Malaysia for the Chinese New Year before the lockdown.

Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China chairman Will Fung commended the embassy for its quick response to the emergency.

“We (the chamber) are also playing our part to extend a helping hand, by forwarding the message, ” he said.

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